Sader Issa is a dentistry student from Syria, and he couldn’t be prouder of his father Jad.
The father broke all the common misconceptions about people with Down Syndrome and raised his son with the utmost devotion. He provided him a life filled with love, and never left him wanting for anything.
Sader now wants to raise awareness about the condition, and he shared his heartwarming story of being raised by his dad with Down Syndrome.
Sader told the Syrian Society for Social Development that his father has Down Syndrome, and he was a father, a husband, and a family leader for 21 years. Even though this is a challenge for many people, and many people don’t do this, it was actually easy for his father. Sader said that a child that grows up with a person with Down Syndrome will have all the love and tenderness that anyone can offer, and this will eventually lead up to a person who has an emotional and social balance and is able to achieve anything he wants.
The son added that if he could choose who his father is, he wouldn’t think of anyone else. He’s as proud of him the same way his father is proud of him.
The son revealed that Jad has always done everything in his power to make sure that he would enjoy a life similar to kids his age. He added that his father was the biggest economic and psychologic support during his studies, and even though people with Down Syndrome are being “perceived by the community as people who are dependent by the community”, his father worked very hard so his son could have everything he needed as a small kid.
Sader noted that the relationship of his parents is similar to any couple’s relationship, and they’re having a life full of living, simplicity, and humility in all respects.
Jad is very proud of what his son has achieved, and Sader notes that he’s very touched whenever his father introduces him to someone for the first time and says “My son is a doctor”. Sader says that you can see the pride and joy in his eyes, and it’s like saying: “I have Down Syndrome, but I raised my son and did everything to help him become a doctor who treats people”.
According to Sader, society has an unfair view of people with Down Syndrome, and, for many people, the idea of a woman pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome is the worst scenario and they opt to abort the baby. However, if his grandmother was convinced with this idea, Sader wouldn’t exist in this world.